PLACES OF INTEREST
There’s plenty to see in Antigua and this may be achieved by either renting a vehicle or going on a guided tour. The history of the capital of St. John’s dates back to the 17th century and some buildings over 200 years old are still standing today.
The St. John’s Cathedral
The St. John’s Anglican Cathedral which dominates the capital was originally built of wood in 1681 and replaced in 1722. After being destroyed in the 1843 earthquake the present stone structure was completed in 1848.
Fig Tree Drive
Fig Tree Drive is one of the most scenic drives in Antigua. Situated on the southeastern section of the island it exhibits lush vegetation and a rain forest along winding roads and rolling hillside.
Situated on the southeastern tip of Antigua overlooking the Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights was formerly one of Antigua’s most important defensive positions. It is now one of the prime sightseeing spots and, on Sunday evenings, a famous party spot with the bar and restaurant open all week. Check out latest events at www.shirleyheightslookout.com.
Named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, this port was used as shelter from hurricanes and a repair yard. As its importance grew Forts were built for protection and the English used it as a station during the fortification of English harbour. Today it is a must for sightseeing purposes and ocean going yachts moor up to the seawall. Visit their website at www.nationalparksantigua.com.
Be sure to visit Dows Hill Interpretation Centre and experience history in a modern way.